Sikkim is a tiny part of the Indian sub-continent and still forms part of the famous Eastern Himalayas Biodiversity Hotspot; i.e. it is an ecologically fragile spot on the face of our blue planet, which is the only known planet in the universe that supports life. We humans are just one of the magnificent varieties of life or bio-diversity on this Planet Earth.Sikkim occupies a pride of place in Northeast India. As far as our tourism destinations are concerned there are perhaps none finer. We pride ourselves on our green image and steps taken by all the Sikkimese in preserving this. We are slowly making our mark as an eco-friendly tourist destination by seeking to empower our youth and local communities in new sources of gainful employment. As more wildlife watchers for birding, butterflies and other natural enthusiasts visit our beautiful small state, more of our youth will come in contact with the reality of having a passion and hobby that can not only the uplifting for the soul but also economically beneficial in the short and long term.Conserving this living wild wealth is now our priority and we need to strike the right balance between sustainable development of our fragile State and conserving our natural welfare long term benefits for our future generation. All communities in Sikkim are known for their compassion for wild life. On this auspicious occasion of the 53rd Wildlife Week 2007, let us spread this awareness by keeping mind, “AHIMSA PARAMO DHARMA”.
(Dr. PAWAN CHAMLING)
Chief Minister of Sikkim